|Jacob Lincoln Adams|
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|Birth: ||Jul. 5, 1862|
|Death: ||Aug. 8, 1904|
Records show that Jacob was married to Sarah Flanders.(no record on Sarah.)
ADAMS, JACOB LINCOLN – At his home in Geneva, Neb., at 6 p. m. Sunday, August 7, 1904, Jacob Lincoln Adams, county superintendent of schools, aged 42 years, 1 month and 2 days. The death of this well known county official and highly respected citizen gave a shock to the whole county as it was not suspected that his life was in the least in danger.
When The Signal went to press last Thursday afternoon his condition was reported as favorable. On Friday night a change for the worse suddenly took place and Saturday afternoon it was found necessary to operate on him for appendicitis. This operation was preformed by Drs. McGrew, Woods, and Ben Mozee. As soon as the incision had been made the surgeons agreed that it was not probable that he could recover. His disease had progressed so far that medical skill was unavailing. An amount of puss was removed from the region of the appendix, The patient survived about twenty-four hours.
Mr. Adams was born in Perry county, Pennsylvania, July 5, 1862, and came from German stock. His father was a union soldier whose regard for President Lincoln caused him to name his son after the president. When he was nine years old his father was killed in a mine explosion. Now began a life of hardship for the boy. He was the oldest child of the family and it was necessary for him to assist in its support. He hired out to do farm work part time and a part of the time he drove mules on the Pennsylvania canal. When a young Adams was sixteen years old the family decided to move to Kansas. This they did and settled in Ellsworth county. Young Adams had early felt a desire to get an education and he used well every opportunity he got for a little schooling in Pennsylvania. To this he added a little in Kansas, but schools were scarce then and money was scarce for struggling pioneers and he found his surest advance was to come from the studies he carried on alone. He got employment on a Kansas ranch, that being the most profitable occupation in sight at the time, and earned good wages. He kept always in view his cherished ambition to do educational work. After a few years of hard study he passed the necessary examinations and then settled down to what he had made his life work, teaching school.
He came to Nebraska sixteen years ago and since then has continuously resided in the county. He resided in Geneva for five years and successfully taught taught several country schools. Then for five years he very successfully filled the position of principal of the Strang school. He put this school on the university accredited list. He went from Strang to the principalship of the Martland school which position he filled to the satisfaction of the patrons of the district, until he resigned last December to take up the duties of the office of county superintendent to which he had been elected by a majority exceeding 400 votes.
Mr. Adams was married in November, 1885, to Miss Sarah C. Flanders of Ellsworth, Kas. Mrs. Adams and their five children, three sons and two daughters, survive the husband and father. –
The funeral took place from the Congregational church in Geneva at 3 p. m. Tuesday and was in charge of the A. O. U. W., Rev. Thomas Griffiths conducting the service. There were many beautiful floral offerings.
Most of the Workmen lodges of the county were represented. Many people came from distant parts of the county to pay respect to the memory of their departed friend. The county offices were closed. All of the county officials held Mr. Adams in high regard and all attended the funeral. The business houses of the city closed and business was suspended from 1:30 to 4 p. m. (Nebraska Signal 12 AUG 1904 pg 5)
Cora F. Adams (1886 - 1891)*
Created by: M. Jensen Seggerman
Record added: Aug 02, 2012
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